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Karen Peterson-Iyer coordinates and teaches the Health Care Ethics Internship, a year-long program that brings SCU students into hospital and hospice settings where they learn firsthand about ethical dilemmas in the medical field. In past years at the Ethics Center, Peterson-Iyer has also engaged in various research projects and authored papers and studies on ethics and genetics, pharmacogenomics, and public policy. She has developed a series of case studies with commentaries on culturally competent care, raising typical problems arising in cross-cultural medicine.
Peterson-Iyer comes to the Center with a background in ethics scholarship and teaching, social justice-based journalism, and campus ministry. At Santa Clara, she also teaches in the Religious Studies Department. She has taught previously at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley and is the author of Designer Children: Reconciling Genetic Technology, Feminism, and Christian Faith (Pilgrim Press, 2004), in addition to various scholarly articles in biomedical, sexual, and general ethics. She has also worked previously in campus ministry and on the writing and editorial staff of Sojourners magazine in Washington, D.C.
Peterson-Iyer holds a Ph.D. in Ethics from Yale University, a master of divinity from Pacific
School of Religion in Berkeley, Calif., and a bachelor of arts in political science from Stanford